The Ministry of Administration addressed the Constitutional Court on Wednesday with a request to see whether the amendments to the Statute of the City of Vukovar City Council made the decision of that court last August and to interpret whether the Ministry may suspend the application of the Statute or whether it would be considered a " forcible measure ", as the Constitutional Court temporarily prohibited.
The Ministry states that the City Council did not "explicitly prescribe and regulate, for the entire territory, or for certain parts or parts of the area of the City of Vukovar, the individual rights of members of national minorities to the official use of languages and scripts of national minorities and the public law obligations of state and public bodies among those listed in the Act on the Official Use of Languages and Letters of National Minorities for which it considers to be appropriate for living facts and factual circumstances in the City of Vukovar, to an extent that does not jeopardize the very essence of these rights while at the same time recognizing the needs of the majority Croat people originating from still living the consequence of the Greater Serbian aggression at the beginning of the 90 years and the need for a just and proper treatment of the Serbian national minority in the area of the City of Vukovar "as the Constitutional Court has determined. Instead, he made a statutory decision that stipulated that he would once prescribe those rights.
Representatives of the Serbian minority interpreted such decisions as a violation of constitutional law and international treaties of guaranteed minority rights, and the Serbian National Minority Council there reported to the Ministry of Administration. However, the Ministry should, by virtue of the Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities, consider that the Statute is against the Constitution or the laws governing minority rights, within eight days it should be suspended.
That deadline, however, points out tomorrow.
"Same suspension of the Statute without further steps in the immediate application of the law would have no effect on increasing the level of rights of national minorities and, on the other hand, would further increase the tensions. Prior to any action, it is necessary to determine which mechanisms are covered by Article 24. Of the Law on Equal Use of Languages and Letters of National Minorities, the state bodies have at their disposal, "said Hini Minister of Administration Arsen Bauk.
He recalled that all constitutional and constitutional law bodies are obliged to enforce decisions of the Constitutional Court in order to ensure that these decisions are enforced by the Government through the state administration bodies and that the Constitutional Court can determine the body to which it will entrust the implementation of its decision and to determine the way the decision will be implemented. "For now, the Constitutional Court has determined the City Council, and if it gets the task of the ministry, we will do it," Bauk says.
The fact that the deadline for suspension of the application of the Statute stands out from yesterday's Bauk does not concern because the Ministry also has available other legal mechanisms for overseeing the legality of general acts that are prescribed by the Law on Local Self-Government.
"All these mechanisms are reduced to the same - ultimately the Constitutional Court decides, only under the Law on Local Self-Government is slightly longer deadlines," says Bauk and adds that the Ministry conducts oversight over the use of the equal use of languages and scripts of national minorities in all other municipalities and cities where conditions are created.